NEW DELHI: The Economist has slammed the Narendra Modi government’s new citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens, saying that it imperils the inspiring idea of India as the world’s largest democracy.
In a tweet, the publication said that the Prime Minister and his party are endangering the world’s biggest democracy. The cover of its latest issue — ‘Intolerant India’ — comes days after the Economist Intelligence Unit, the publication’s sister concern, placed India 51st on the global Democracy Index, a fall of 10 places. The report had cited erosion of civil liberties as the major reason for India’s fall in the rankings.
The BJP hit back with party leader and foreign policy in charge Vijay Chauthaiwale taking to Twitter and calling the publication arrogant and one with a colonial mindset. “We thought the Brits had left in 1947! But the editors of @TheEconomist are still living in colonial era. They are furious when 600m Indians do not follow their explicit instructions of not voting (PM) Modi (sic),” he tweeted.